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29,736 Served by LVF in 2019
An out-pouring of blessings this 2019 is equal to an untiring commitment for Child and Youth Protection and Empowerment! The Laura Vicuna Foundation considered the 29,736 children, youth and parents reached not just an ‘add’ to the statistics of clients served, but now ‘active partners’ in our mission and advocacy. The twenty-nine thousand seven hundred thirty-six (29,736) children and parents served in Negros Occidental, Cebu, Palawan, Laguna, Pampanga and the National Capital Region by its lay mission partners, children and youth partners and the Salesian Sisters. Twenty-eight thousand three hundred fifty-four (28,354) has been benefited by LVF’s one-time advocacy programs while one thousand three hundred eighty-four (1,384) by its regular programs. Through hard work, dedication and teamwork, LVF has put to heart its duty to have a wide reach of children and youth most importantly in far flung areas, establishing a caring and protective environment for them and those under difficult circumstances. Together, we let our voices be heard to intensify safety and protection issues.
PARTI-HAN @ 29
One thousand five hundred (1,500) children from our Child Protection Clinic (CPC) communities and the Salesian Sisters’ oratory centers coming from Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite and Pampanga attended the Laura Vicuña Foundation’s (LVF’s) 29th Parti-han held at the Don Bosco School, Sta. Mesa, Manila on December 8, 2019. This year’s theme is “PartihANG SAYA, HESUS, Ikaw ang NING-NING ng PASKO!” It was a day filled with blessings, treats and surprises when the Board of Trustees and Sponsors like Mr. Francisco Dizon, Ms. Vicky Cuisia, Mr. Eric Puno and Ms. Pilar Lee spent time with these children, youth, parent volunteers and Sisters. The JOY that the children felt is undeniably seen in their eyes as they unwrapped their bucketful of presents. A special thanks to the following donors who made these things possible: Mr. & Mrs. Joey & Marissa Concepcion, Ms. Josefina Tan, Sta. Ana Family of Victorias, Mr. & Mrs. Lynn & Mag Sy, Mr. & Mrs. Francisco & Joyce Dizon, Mr. & Mrs. Boy & Pilar Lee, Ms. Joey Sison, Batch 79 of the Assumption College-Makati, SL Agritech Corp., RFM Corporation, Constellation Travels Inc., ROLE Finance & Investment Corp., Toy Kingdom and Kettle Korn. One of the Vicunians shared her experience. She said, “ The Parti-han 2019 was unique since this was the first time I was able to share a part of myself to others. I had a beautiful experience regarding this because I was given the responsibility of distributing the food. I really enjoyed it so much especially when I saw the smiles of these children.”
A total of one thousand one hundred (1,100) students were given the LIFTS (LVF’s Initiatives to Fight Trafficking, Sexual Abuse and Commercial Exploitation of Children) /ACTS (Advocacy Against Child Trafficking in Schools and Communities) by Mr. Ryan Azucena on December 4-6, 2019 in 6 schools in Negros Occidental namely: Victorias Milling Elementary School (213) on December 4; Brgy. Alicante Elementary School (116), Villa Miranda Elementary School (104) and Alejandro Acuña Yap Quiña Memorial Elementary School (81) on December 5; Central Philippine State University-Victorias Campus (264) and Daan Banwa Elementary School (322) on December 6, 2019. The said advocacy was made possible through the partnership with the school principals and coordinators. In the part of sharing and commitment making one student emphasized the importance of one’s dignity as a gift from God where each individual is created unique and special. Another college student shared that they should be versatile and observant regarding their environment and to help victims by reporting them to the authorities.
Eight hundred students (800) from the Junior High School Department of Napindan Integrated School were given the LIFTS (LVF’s Initiatives to Fight Trafficking, Sexual Abuse and Commercial Exploitation of Children) /ACTS (Advocacy Against Child Trafficking in Schools and Communities) by LVF Social Worker – Ms. Joselyn Hugo on December 9, 2019 at their school covered court. The said advocacy was included in the school’s activities facilitated by their GAD (Gender and Development) Organization through the assistance of the school principal and the partnership with the Barangay Officials. In the sharing session, one student said that education is the key to counter human trafficking. They were very lucky compared to others because they were given an opportunity and it is their responsibility to value what was given to them. An officer of the GAD organization was very thankful for this session because this made them aware about the elements of human trafficking which are acts, means and purpose.
A CHRISTMAS STREAM OF GIVING AND BLESSING
Every year many private corporations, schools, private individuals, families and friends come to the Laura Vicuña Foundation to share their time, treasure and stories to the LVF girls, CPC Areas, Sisters and lay mission partners. Christmas outpouring of blessings, treats and surprises to the LVF family were done by following donors and benefactors like Puno and Puno Law Office, Dr. Russel and family, Philippine National Bank Overseas Remittance Department, Ms. Emma Isip and friends, Ms. GigiePeñalosa of WESTCO, VCP and PAMAV companies, Unilever Philippines, Mother Butler’s Club of Our Lady of Consolacion Parish with Fr. Gideon Lagrimas, DBS Sta. Mesa, UNILAB, Ms. Judy Araneta-Roxas for her Acrobatic show tickets, Dragon Edge, Mr. and Mrs. Dino Laurena and family and the Philippine Transmarine Carriers Inc., ELKS International , Atty. Luciano and Tina Joson, Ms. Stephanie Lim, Ms. Jennifer , Kim Yoo Jung Phils., Mrs. Aleli Sibal and Batch ’69 of Miriam (formerly Maryknoll) College, Green-Jakobsen Phils., Atty Rose la Mapa, Fr. Carlo Narvasa and Friends, FRC – Family Rosary Crusade of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Mr. Miguel Dela Peña, family and friends, AIM donors ,PNP Lakambini, London Sales Corp.- Phils., Asahi Networks Phils. and 1Cube Inc., Architect Anthony Nazareno and company, Ms. Jen and family of Calamba,ErmilynGeaging and Amy Salvoro Harvey and many more.Truly, God cannot be outdone in generosity. He values people more than anything else.
CWC’S 45TH ANNIVERSARY
The Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) was invited by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) to partake in its “Boodle Fight Lunch Buffet with Partners and Stakeholders On Children” during their 45th anniversary celebration at the CWC office on December 10, 2019. The event was a way of forging camaraderie, equality and partnership on children’s rights with some Civil Society Organizations and government agencies. For LVF it was a thanksgiving celebration for the fruitful and meaningful collaboration with them and a way of strengthening further their connection in the promotion of the rights of Filipino children. LVF was represented by one of their Social Workers Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia.
DILG’S CONSULTATION WORKSHOP ON HEALING AND RECONCILIATION FOR COMMUNITIES
The Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) was one of the 3 non-government organizations which were invited by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) -Project Management Office (PMO) to attend the first Consultation Workshop on Healing and Reconciliation for Communities held at Brentwood Suites, Quezon City on December 3 and 16, 2019. One of the initiatives of the PCVE-PMO is the development of the conceptual framework on Healing and Reconciliation for Communities which envisioned to address the gap as to how the communities welcome the former rebels (FR) and local extremist group (LEG) surrenderees back. Ms. Mercedes A. Juncia represented LVF during the consultation workshop.
ADVENT RECOLLECTION WITH CARDINAL TAGLE
Of the thousand attendees, around thirty (30) from the Laura Vicuña Foundation attended the Annual Advent Recollection led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on December 15, 2019. The Cardinal shared his insights about the importance of the Season of Advent in the Church. He emphasized the role of Angels in their mission of bringing the good news. At the end he challenged the group to be bearers of the truth and to be missionaries in proclaiming God’s Word. The recollection concluded with a Eucharistic celebration presided by the Cardinal and concelebrated by Bishop Honesto Ongtioco. The attendees were a little bit sad because this will be the last Advent Recollection that Archbishop Tagle will give as he embarks on a new mission in Rome as Prefect to the Congregation of Evangelization of Peoples.
A HEART-TO-HEART ADVENT ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS
On Dec. 20, 2019 the LVF- Cubao girls had their moments of silence with Jesus in preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Sr. Ana Guerrero, FMA accompanied them as facilitator. The girls candidly recognized their need to keep still and find precious time to have a heart-to-heart encounter with Jesus. In their hearts they know and believe that Jesus is the ultimate reason for the season and humbly acknowledged that they need Jesus to heal and make them whole.
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